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Stoudt's Abbey Double Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Abbey Double AleStoudt's Abbey Double Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-23-2001)
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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a true mud brown, with no head. Also, while the carbonation was not present to the eye, it was quite fizzy once it hit the mouth. The aroma is like sticking my nose into the spice drawer: cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, ginger. There were also hints of lemon in the beer. The mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated, but it mellowed out quickly. However, the spices and cloves formed a layer in my mouth which stuck around. Not sure it was all that bad, but different.

PS: The girlfriend likes this beer.

MuddyFeet, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, dark caramel brown with an off-white head tht ebbs away quickly. Leaves very minor lace on the goblet.
Aroma of caramel, dried plums, fructose with some bread and light yeast notes.
Flavor of sweet, sticky caramel dominates with a little bit fo brown sugar, dark fruits and a touch of spicy yeast.
Mouthfeel is sweet, in fact cloyingly sweet. Not enough alternative notes to cut through the sticky sweetness and balance the beer.
Drinkability i above average but too sweet and one dimensional for style. Decent beer just isn't top-notch.

CRJMellor, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of jahred
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to procman for the trade that brought this beer to me. I think the 765 mL bottle says vintage 10-31-02, though the year is rubbed out and it very well could be 10-31-03 instead. In any case, consumed on 4-15-04.

Pours with a huge amount of fizz and carbonation. My non-beer drinking girlfriend described it as "like cola fizzy." The beer is a milk chocolate brown color, and the large off-white head disappeared rather quickly.

The scent is nice - sweet belgian-style yeast and maybe some brandy notes, too. The taste is rather odd. The beer is sweet and fruity, and I largely detect figs and bready malts. There are some raisin notes as well, and I'm led to believe that this is some form of fruity bock beer (not sure what that means).

The huge carbonation I detected earlier was obvious in the mouthfeel. Combined with the sweetness of the beer, it made me think I was drinking an odd, generic-brand cola, and not beer. Quite complex, but the sweetness and extra carbonation didn't balance or fit perfectly together. Maybe it needs to age another year or two?

jahred, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 10/17/01

Deep rich nose with a hint of spice. Cloudy brown look with a dark tan head and lace. Very smooth mouth. The taste lacks real bang, but does warm you with slight yeast and alcohol notes. Wonderful smooth finish. Overall quite good, but lacks the "malty, nutty, chocolate" taste for this style. If you have to choose buy the triple, but as stated earlier this beer has a wonderful silky smooth mouth... great feel for those who have an oral complex...

frank4sail, May 29, 2002
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

IPAchris, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, vintage date of 8/02. Pours a dark brown cloudy liquid. Thick tan head disappeared pretty quickly. Not much lace in the goblet. Smells of candy fruit, some spices. Fruity flavors, estery, dry with some spices, maybe some orange peel. Faint chocolate flavor in the finish. Slight warming from alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Overall, not bad. Not one of my favorite styles, but a bargain for the price. Certainly worth a try.

Bierguy5, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle with a crown cap. A gift from a friend, the bottle was dated 11/12/01, but it seems to have held up okay. The beer poured an dark amber-brown color with a respectable tan head. It has moderate carbonation and a malt and alcohol aroma. Slight fruit in the background, but also a vinous, winey quality. The beer wasn’t quite as sweet as I anticipated. There is a burnt chocolate and plum and raisin flavor as well. The dryness continued into the finish. Medium body. On the whole, this is a respectable, drinkable beer, but certainly not outstanding. I’d hoped for a little more complexity and depth.

Suds, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ppurs a medium to dark brown with some orange hues,the head was somewhat dissapointing was gone in a flash,aroma was lightly chocolaty and medicinal.Taste wasnt as rich as alot of the beers of the style,there is some sugary sweetness but seemed somewhat watered down with real subdued flavors.Very easy to drink for a dubbel but thats because it seems a bit thin.

oberon, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of bjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to zrrbrrt for including this in my ba anniv. package. Appreciate the opportunity. Vintage 04 champagne bottle, capped.

Pours a dark hazy plum color with hints of brown. A thin one finger off white colored head holds nicely towards the edges of the glass leaving a hole in the middle. Bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass are making me think this one is a bit carbonated. We'll see. Deep dark fruits. Figs and juicy purple grapes laced with thick molasses and caramel. Real sweet malt.

Figs and prune drenched in caramel. Burnt brown sugar notes are quite hefty. Slight nuttiness underneath the sugar notes. Belgian esters are there, but are a secondary part of the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel takes on a yeasty bready characteristic that adds to the thickness of the body. Dry and a tad chalky towards the back of the mouth. Slight nestle cocoa powder taste on the tongue also. Thick and too sweet for my taste buds. I'd rather just suck on some rock candy.

bjohnson, May 02, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

765 ml bottle, aquired at the brewery.

A cloudy brown body, topped by a tan frothy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some apricots and a hint of orange. Taste also features fruits, some dark, some dried, an assortment of spices and a strong yeastiness. Fairly full mouthfeel, but with a shade too much carbonation. Interesting to try, but not one of my favorite Stoudt's brews.

RonfromJersey, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown with a good head that lasts awhile. A little bit of melon in the nose, but not a whole lot else other than a slight bit of almost chocolate malt. The flavor is nicely complex, although there’s an unusual tartness involved that I’m not sure I like or not. It does improve as it warms, but the tartness doesn’t go anywhere.

aracauna, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of hotstuff
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:The appearance of this beer was that of a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.This beer's hue was mahogany and the nose was malty and fruity.It had a fruity flavor and a smooth mouthfeel that was thin and somewhat watery.This beer had a fair amount of lacing.

hotstuff, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of joshlara
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750 mL champagne bottle. Poured into a Corsendonk chalice. An extremely dark ruby color, a creamy thin lace lingers after sitting for quite awhile. Opaque. Aroma of belgian yeast, slightly spiced but not overwhelmingly so. Not huge in the aromatics. Not sensing much dark fruit, more candy sugar and biscuity malt than anything else. Some spicing evident in the flavor, hints of biscuit break through, dark fruit and spices throughout. A somewhat dry spiced finish. A little astrigent
but not overly so. Smooth mouthfeel. I really didn't love this beer. You can definately find better offerings out there.

joshlara, May 01, 2004
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

Bottle at 40 degrees into a snifter
Aroma none cold or warm
Head small (< 2 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2mm ring and broken layer
Body dark amber, chill haze
Flavor as it warms sweet, dates; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; alcohol becomes evident after
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.0625. Final weighted score 3.2.
The lack of aroma over a wide range of temperatures is definitely a detriment. Not very complex. An OK example of the style but not the best.

Ozzylizard, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Rastacouere
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dirty brown (dark chocolate milk) body, cloudy, diminishing light brown head. Aroma of bold chocolate, light notes of yeast, but mostly about malt. Earthy, dirty with light alcohol peaks and mostly a weird unexpected fruitiness along the line of oranges. In mouth, it's pretty tart, like an apple/orange/grapefruit juice to which you'd add earthy caramel. Quite off as far as flavor balance is concerned and definitely not up to Stoudt's standards as I've experienced them. Body is creamy, okay fitting if a little overcarbonated. Lots of room for improvement.

Rastacouere, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of granger10
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beers pours a crimson color with burgundy highlights. Nice volumnous tan head comes and goes. Moderate lacing. Aroma is striking of dark fruits and Belgian candi sugar, I couldn't get much else. Maybe some chocolate notes. Taste was simply not the best. This beer has a very sweet red fruit flavor to it. Reminiscent of communion wine. Yeast doesn't provide the phenolics or flavor depth or contrast I'm looking for. Finish is somewhat artificial and a bit acidic. Body is on the light side. Just not my cup of tea.

granger10, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Maroon colored...just a whiff of a white lace....big yeasty nose....sour fruits and vinegar....feels pretty smooth and silky in the mouth...body is carbonated high...and on the thicker side of medium...flavor is big on the sour apples...Some sweet plums are also in the mix, laying on top of an almost caramel backdrop... This is a little tart, but definitely complex...a bit of an artificial flavor on the finish....overall not a favorite of mine, but certainly not a horrible dubbel..

02 vintage

ZAP, May 23, 2003
Photo of silenius
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was rather disappointed with this beer.

Pours a dark brown red that obscures most light. The head is a nice light brown that fades quickly to nothing. No lacing.

Smell is light raisin and prune with some light clove and vinegar. Not very pleasant.

Taste is a lambic like sour bite with a raisiny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a tannin-like drying effect.

I'm drinking the whole bottle, but won't buy again.

silenius, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet dark fruit, primarily cherry and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, sweet to dry plum and dark cherry, hints of alcohol as well. A malty and smooth mouthfeel and a dry dark fruity aftertaste. Big alcohol presence, and a not a good representation of style.

OWSLEY069, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of tikk
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle dated 11/12/01. Found at the rt 59 beverage in nyack today.

Vigorous pour, produced some head on a reddish brown beer.

Smells kind of smokey, a tad bit fruity, hard to placecould be the ten years.

Taste like it smells. Must be past it's prime and broken down. I get tart cherries, smoked malt, but at the end it is just off, almost to a sour level. Im not a fan of sours,but i dont hate this.

Mouthfeel, something is off, it feels a little bit grainy.

That being said I'm not going to dump it, and i'll keep on trying this.

I wish i had a fresh one to compare it to, but if i had a shot at another I'd pass it up.

tikk, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of VikeMan
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

VikeMan, Oct 26, 2012
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Stoudt's Abbey Double Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.